Why Being On the Internet All Day Makes Me a Better Wife & Mom

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Like the many viral phenomenon that take over our feeds, fill us with emotion, and then pass just as suddenly away, I’m sure you’ve forgotten, but will instantly remember, the Dear mom on the iPhone: Let me tell you what you don’t see article. When it first came out I read it, and honestly appreciated the heart behind it, while also feeling it wasn’t getting the whole story correct. I didn’t share it, but I also didn’t feel the need to jump in with defensive comments that start bombarding my feed. (At this point in my life I’m trying to embrace this quote as full as I can):

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment ~ Rachel Wolchin

Awhile later I ran across Don’t Let Them Remember You Like This on Pinterest–from a fellow work from home mom blogger perspective so she “gets it” and I loved all she had to share.

They both really did make me stop and think and self evaluate a little bit. But after a few months of soul searching I thought it was only fair to give a good, reasonable argument “for the other side” of why I might be peering around the screen of my new Samsung Galaxy S 4 for most of the day. I’m not trying to be a super hero mom, or be super defensive (notice the title is “better” not great–and I’m referring in comparison only to myself, not you) but I thought maybe by sharing my thoughts it could encourage those other mommies out there behind their phones right now!

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How to Throw An Epic Avengers Party When You’re Not Talented

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Hubby and I have always enjoyed the MARVEL movies and make sure to go and see them in theater, or as soon as they’re released to DVD, every time there’s a new one! Our favorites are Thor (<–my personal favorite….swoon), The Avengers, and Captain America, and just recently we decided the kids are old enough to start watching a few of them with us!

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Delicious, No-Fuss Poolside Treat Recipes

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Here in Texas mid-April means the flowers are everywhere and it’s high time to tuck away long sleeves and bring out the shorts! Perhaps because of this all of our family has been having the summertime itch lately, for Amber and Bob I know a lot of it has to do with wanting to be out of school, but for the entire family I’m pretty sure it’s more that just that…..in fact, I’m almost positive that THIS has a whole lot to do with it…….

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3 Things You Should Do Before Your First 5K

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Ever since hearing about the Color Run 5k a few years ago I have thought it would be a lot of fun–but I thought there was no way I’d be able to go 3 miles. It wasn’t after we moved to Texas and I started jogging on the treadmill that I realized that after awhile, 1 mile starts to hurt a lot less, and if you push through to 2 and 3 miles it actually gets better! Now–don’t get me wrong, it was just on the treadmill and I was still super slow. Sooo slow that one of my favorite pins says,

I Run. I’m slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter BUT I RUN!

Apparently I’m not alone, however, because that has just happened to be re-pinned over 650 times!

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Introduce a Few New Guys to Your Hottie’s Cleaning Crew

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So my hubby is a hottie. He just is! One thing that I’ve always loved about him since we first met was how even as a teenager he always dressed super nice and was always super clean and amazing smelling *inhales deeply, aaahhhhhh!!!!*

Now, that’s not to say he doesn’t get stinky, I mean, he was in the military for crying out loud, and he still loves doing down and dirty projects with his dad in the shop or tackling things like building me a compost bin. He has discovered, however, how to get un-stinky in the most lovely of ways and how to get that good smelling man smell that I love so much back!

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Blu-Ray Giveaway! The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray!

So my giveaway for the digital copy of The Hobbit just ended but I have GREAT NEWS for you–here is one for a copy of the Blu-Ray! Hurray! Can’t wait to see what you get in this quiz–again you have to enter to see my result! 😉

 

Special Features on the The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

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Keep those lil teeth clean! Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign

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Of course we’re very teeth aware lately with Amber losing hers all the time and both kids needing to be very viligant on the war against the “cavity bugs” as my dentist growing up always called them.

Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness, resulting in parents losing 25 million work hours annually? Cavities and oral infections can cause severe pain and can increase a child’s risk for dental issues and poor health throughout their lives.

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